Chalonnais

The Jacquesons reported being 65% down in white and 35% down in red in 2019, and as a result we have no more to offer than we had of the equally frost-affected 2016 and 2017 vintages. This is not a happy time for these vignerons. On the bright side for consumers, there is, as usual, great quality and great value in these wines, but as we have already shipped these, and have no 2018s left, we will not be offering them as part of our primeur offer. The Dureuil-Janthial wines will not be bottled until Feb-March and may not be released for sale before then. There's very little wine available from François Lumpp either, but at least François Raquillet's allocations have been maintained - and his are all at the level of the best he's ever made.


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Domaine François Raquillet

François took over the running of this estate from his father, Jean, in 1990, with his wife Emmanuelle. Records show that the same family have made wine in Mercurey since the 1600s, and Francois is the eleventh generation.

With eleven hectares under vine, François has substantially reduced yields, introduced higher quality oak barrels (up to 50% new wood for the Premiers Crus) and significantly increased the quality of wines made at this domaine. François explains he tries to avoid over-extraction at all costs - his one aim is to deliver the beautifully pure fruit profile he gets out of the old vines - this he does with great success. It is a wonderfully transparent style - combined with good mid-palate weight.

In 2018 he made an average of 42hl/ha across the domaine, so smiles in order, and probably just as well as the wines would have been over-concentrated had they been any lower. In 2019, we learned, the yield is down to only 32hl/ha, which is not really enough for him given the very reasonable pricing of this part of the world. Great value across the range.

2019 BOURGOGNE Pinot Noir Domaine François Raquillet

2019 BOURGOGNE Pinot Noir Domaine François Raquillet

Tiny yields for regional level wine at only 32hl/ha. Bottled in July 2020 and by October was already showing brilliantly, with a very fresh very Pinot juice - you just want to take it home and drinkTiny yields for regional level wine at only 32hl/ha. Bottled in July 2020 and by October was already showing brilliantly, with a very fresh very Pinot juice - you just want to take it home and drink it. Drinking range: 2020 - 2022L&S (Oct 2020)

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2019 MERCUREY Vieilles Vignes Domaine François Raquillet

2019 MERCUREY Vieilles Vignes Domaine François Raquillet

Here the low yields have translated into a greater density than usual - rich and with good definition, concentrated but it still has the inimitable drinkability of wines from this domaine. FinishHere the low yields have translated into a greater density than usual - rich and with good definition, concentrated but it still has the inimitable drinkability of wines from this domaine. Finish dense with fruit and very long. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S (Oct 2020)

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2019 MERCUREY 1er Cru Les Vasées Domaine François Raquillet

2019 MERCUREY 1er Cru Les Vasées Domaine François Raquillet

Even more than the Vieilles Vignes this shows the concentration of the year from the low yields. Very dense with dark fruit expression, black cherry and blueberry - gorgeous but needs a year of two.Even more than the Vieilles Vignes this shows the concentration of the year from the low yields. Very dense with dark fruit expression, black cherry and blueberry - gorgeous but needs a year of two. Drinking range: 2022 - 2027L&S (Oct 2020)

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2019 MERCUREY 1er Cru Les Naugues Domaine François Raquillet

2019 MERCUREY 1er Cru Les Naugues Domaine François Raquillet

Naugues is not far from François' cellar, on a south facing slope running up to the tree-line, with little depth of soil over the rock. Unsurprisingly it's a mineral style, a compact and concentratedNaugues is not far from François' cellar, on a south facing slope running up to the tree-line, with little depth of soil over the rock. Unsurprisingly it's a mineral style, a compact and concentrated ripe fruit in a frame that's all class and lifted definition. Terrific wine but do try to give it three years and try from 2023 Drinking range: 2022 - 2032L&S (Oct 2020)

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2019 MERCUREY 1er Cru Les Veleys Domaine François Raquillet

2019 MERCUREY 1er Cru Les Veleys Domaine François Raquillet

As so often this is one of the best cuvées here, it's really elegant - "plus de race, plus d'élegance, plus de longeur' says François.As so often this is one of the best cuvées here, it's really elegant - "plus de race, plus d'élegance, plus de longeur' says François. Drinking range: 2022 - 2028L&S (Oct 2020)

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Domaine François Lumpp

François Lumpp started as a grower in the family domaine in 1977, but then separated from his brother and set up on his own with four hectares of vines in 1991. He and his wife Isabelle have gradually grown the vineyard to reach nine and a half hectares. They are delighted that they have now been joined by two of their children, Pierre and Anne-Cécile.

François is a passionate viticulturalist and places great emphasis on making the wine in the vineyards, which are farmed with minimum intervention to allow the terroir to express itself fully. In practice this means very careful choice of plant material to give the highest quality results (often at the expense of yield).

2019 was a very small harvest here, with especially little white. 2020 was an excellent year for whites, but the red harvest was small - we can only hope for a trouble-free 2021 to restore some volume. It is no surprise that Tim Atkin described François Lumpp as the 'the best producer in Givry.' All the Lumpp wines still offer great value for money.

2019 GIVRY 1er Cru à Vigne Rouge Domaine François Lumpp

2019 GIVRY 1er Cru à Vigne Rouge Domaine François Lumpp

Racked the day before we visited and unsurprisingly tight as a result, but the usual broad dark fruit that this vineyard offers - and a big volume of very fine tannins, all rich with dark berry fruit.Racked the day before we visited and unsurprisingly tight as a result, but the usual broad dark fruit that this vineyard offers - and a big volume of very fine tannins, all rich with dark berry fruit. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032L&S (Oct 2020)

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2019 GIVRY 1er Cru Clos Jus Domaine François Lumpp

2019 GIVRY 1er Cru Clos Jus Domaine François Lumpp

A mildly stringent tannic structure merely makes this crisper in an attractive way. The fruit is less distinctive than the Crausot, but there is another dimension of mineral substrate and excellentA mildly stringent tannic structure merely makes this crisper in an attractive way. The fruit is less distinctive than the Crausot, but there is another dimension of mineral substrate and excellent acidity for length. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032L&S (Oct 2020)

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2019 GIVRY 1er Cru Crausot Domaine François Lumpp

2019 GIVRY 1er Cru Crausot Domaine François Lumpp

Bright and dense, packed with cherry-juice flavours, succulent with good acidity - there's a taut mid-palate density and a mouth-watering finish.Bright and dense, packed with cherry-juice flavours, succulent with good acidity - there's a taut mid-palate density and a mouth-watering finish. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S (Oct 2020)

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Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Domaine Dureuil-Janthial is simply the leading domaine of the Côte Chalonnaise. What is more, the astonishing Vincent Dureuil is equally adept at making both white and red wines. Vincent inherited from the Janthial side of his family, who have been in Rully since the eighteenth century. Vincent and his wife Céline took over in 1994. As they say 'because wine is first grown in the vineyard, we have chosen to respect the land and let the soils and vineyards live, to produce committed and accurate wines, of great purity and a frank personality.'

The domaine now extends to 20 hectares, 17 in the Côte Chalonnaise (primarily Rully and Mercurey) with 3 hectares in the Côte d'Or, including vines inherited by Céline in Nuits Saint Georges, and some inherited by Vincent in Puligny. The domaine was certified organic in 2009, but after short harvests in 2012 and 2013, Vincent was forced by a late attack of mildew in 2016 to spray with fungicide. The result was that he saved 5 hectares out of the 20, but lost his certification. Stubbornly he immediately set about the three years of 'conversion' he must do before he can be certified again. For this perfectionist, being 'nearly organic' does not quite cut it.

The brief look we had at the 2019s in October 2020 was a joy of a tasting, with both whites and reds showing the precision that Vincent brings to his wines. After low yields in 2018, 2019 dealt them a cruel blow with a frost through much of the best hillsides. 'The smallest harvest of my career' said an unhappy Vincent, but 2020 is 'a beautiful year', so at least there has been some good news. Availability of 2019 will still be limited and we may not know what we are getting until after the February - March bottlings.

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2019 RULLY ROUGE 1er Cru La Fosse Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

This is one of two cuvées given an élevage in all new wood. It has not yet been racked, so it's relative expressiveness may be down to that - and it is super-expressive, with a lovely juice to it -This is one of two cuvées given an élevage in all new wood. It has not yet been racked, so it's relative expressiveness may be down to that - and it is super-expressive, with a lovely juice to it - open sunny, a gourmand richness and in perfect balance - the wood is all but undetectable. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035L&S (Oct 2020)

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2019 RULLY ROUGE 1er Cru Chapitre Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Dark colour and full-bodied mid-palate, the fruit blackly reserved - very much the style we are learning to expect from Chapitre at this stage, and we also know that it will open up...Dark colour and full-bodied mid-palate, the fruit blackly reserved - very much the style we are learning to expect from Chapitre at this stage, and we also know that it will open up... Drinking range: 2023 - 2033L&S (Oct 2020)

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2019 RULLY ROUGE Domaine Dureuil-Janthial

Fine, sleek and lifted red berry fruit, expressively juicy with fine tannins just tautened by the acidity - very much in balance - refined style.Fine, sleek and lifted red berry fruit, expressively juicy with fine tannins just tautened by the acidity - very much in balance - refined style. Drinking range: 2022 - 2028L&S (Oct 2020)

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